ROYAL CLASS CRUISE

Princess Cruise’s sixth Royal-Class cruise ship is Discovery Princess. The worldwide itineraries include Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, South America, Mexico and the California Coast for the 2021/2022 season.

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A vacation without busting the budget: Carnival Cruise
The family-friendly Dr. Seuss WaterWorks Park, aboard Carnival Horizon, offers two lengthy slides and other water-based attractions for guests. Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line

A vacation without busting the budget: Carnival Cruise

There are activities for all ages—including supervised programs for kids from preschoolers to teens so parents and grandparents can get a break. Parents can feel more comfortable allowing tweens to navigate on their own around the ship than at another vacation venue

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Kids have a different take on cultural exchanges aboard cruises
The captain of the Diamond Princess and his family

Kids have a different take on cultural exchanges aboard cruises

Listen up parents -- if you thought the educational part of cruising was only seeing historic and cultural sites, you were wrong. It seems much more cultural exchange happens right on board at the kids’ and teen club, kids say.

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A visit to a Japanese hot springs – Onseng – resort in Hokkaido
Lobby area of the Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa on Hokkaido

A visit to a Japanese hot springs – Onseng – resort in Hokkaido

Good news! I’m going to live at least seven years longer. That’s because I’ve visited a Japanese Onseng—a hot springs resort. They are ubiquitous in Japan—there are thousands of them.

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Japanese hot tubs and other amenities on the Diamond Princess
Japanese baths onboard the Diamond Princess

Japanese hot tubs and other amenities on the Diamond Princess

The on board Izumi Japanese Bath features indoor and outdoor bathing experiences ($15 for 90 minute visit), including misted steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and hot tubs, some open to the sky.

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On a cruise – options for dining vary on taste and budget
Steakhouse selection on Diamond Princess

On a cruise – options for dining vary on taste and budget

Like other cruise lines, Princess offers specialty restaurants on board for which you pay an extra fee. Like on other cruise lines, the specialty restaurants offer an enhanced experience.

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East meets West means education on a Princess Cruise in Japan

Until I came aboard in Yokohama, I hadn’t thought much about the cruise experience being educational but here, with more than 1000 Japanese passengers, we westerners are getting a lesson in Japanese culture and food.

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